March 3-5 2023

Teaching on the 12 Links of Dependent origination.

The Buddha’s first teaching on the Four Noble Truths describes the dissatisfactory nature of our current, unenlightened way of living, what causes us to remain in such a state, and then explains a state beyond all problems and the method by which we can attain such freedom. 

As a further elaboration on the Four Noble Truths, the Buddha described the Wheel of Life;  a means to understand the steps involved in our continual cycling in a state of imperfection. This image depicts the twelve-part process of dependent arising showing  how our actions, clouded by ignorance, propel us from one rebirth to another, and keep us trapped in a seemingly endless circle of suffering and dissatisfaction.

Join us as Venerable Tenzin Namjong explains the nature of Samsara and Nirvana. This retreat will explore the various levels of suffering and dissatisfaction that we experience so that we can begin to fundamentally shift our outlook to aspire to true freedom. By understanding what causes us to experience the dissatisfaction of life again and again, we can understand the means by which we can permanently break free through cultivating the wisdom that sees reality as it is.

The retreat will include teachings, guided meditations, and question and answer. Students of any experience level are welcome.

We are so pleased to be able to have Venerable Namjong in person for these teachings. We recommend that you join us in person if you are in the local region (unless you are unwell). Zoom will only be available for the three teaching sessions starting at 9:00 am, 11:00 am and 3:00 pm each day. The morning and evening meditation sessions will not be available on zoom. 

About the teacher: 

Born and raised in Hawaii, Venerable Tenzin Namjong studied and trained in Zen and Theravada Buddhist traditions before embracing the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, due mainly to the kindness of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Princeton University and has been part of the 19-year Geshe (Doctorate of Buddhist Philosophy) study program at Sera Je Monastery in Bylakuppe in South India since 2007. Venerable Namjong is a registered teacher of the FPMT and regularly teaches at FPMT centers around the world.



*This retreat will be held in person and via Zoom*

Retreat begins with a short evening introduction on Friday March 3rd and ends at 12:30pm on Sunday March 6th, 2023. For those onsite we will share lunch together after the final session. We will provide soft copies of the materials we will be using for the retreat. All timings are using PST for the time zone.

Retreat Schedule

March 3

3:00pm – 5:00pm          Check in


6:00pm to 7:00pm        Dinner


7:00pm – 8:00pm          Introductory Session


Saturday 4th March


8:00am to 9:00am          Breakfast


9:00am – 10:30am:          Session 1


11:00am – 12:30am:         Session 2


12:30pm to 2:30pm         Lunch


2:30pm – 4:00pm:           Session 3


4:30pm – 6:00pm:           Session 4


6:00pm to 7:00pm          Dinner


Sunday 5th March


8:00am to 9:00am          Breakfast


9:00am – 10:30am:         Session 5


1:00am – 12:30am:        Session 6


12:30pm to 1:30pm         Lunch (End of Retreat)


Who can attend this retreat?

This retreat is suited to people of all capacities, whether you are new to Buddhism or have been practicing the teachings for 40 years. No doubt, this retreat holds great benefits for all participants.


Retreat Costs:

If you will be residing onsite for the retreat meals are provided as well as accommodation and access to all the sessions in the Gompa.

Shared Occupancy (4 people):


Commuter: This includes all sessions and lunch will be provided each day.


Zoom: All sessions will be available on zoom.


Pay what you can amount

Residential Ordained Sangha:

$200 – Shared room

Zoom Ordained Sangha:


We want everyone to have access to teachings, so please reach out if you are in financial. There may be options for some volunteer work in exchange for a reduced rate.

Gift of Dharma Benefactor – Help fund sponsor low income participants

Help sponsor this special event…  Your gift of the Dharma will go towards helping low income attendees be able to attend this special event.

Benefactors will receive special prayers and dedications during the retreat–for your long life, purification, and removal of hindrances.

    • Diamond level: $500
    • Gold level: $250
    • Silver level $108
    • Bronze level: Any amount 🙂

Please submit the names for dedication here.

Date(s): March 3-5 2023
Times: All Day
Instructor/Leader: Ven. Tenzin Namjong
Type of event: Retreat
Number of sessions: 2 days
Level: All can attend this retreat
Participation: Full-time or evening session only
Location: Main Gompa
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